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My Fair Lady (1964)

Approved | | Drama, Family, Musical | 25 December 1964 (USA)
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A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.

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Gloriously witty adaptation of the Broadway musical about Professor Henry Higgins, who takes a bet from Colonel Pickering that he can transform unrefined, dirty Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a lady, and fool everyone into thinking she really is one, too! He does, and thus young aristocrat Freddy Eynsford-Hill falls madly in love with her. But when Higgins takes all the credit and forgets to acknowledge her efforts, Eliza angrily leaves him for Freddy, and suddenly Higgins realizes he's grown accustomed to her face and can't really live without it. Written by Tommy Peter

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$72,000,000 (USA)
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Musical theater writers Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had attempted to adapt George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" as a musical long before Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, but had abandoned the project as unadaptable. Rodgers and Hammerstein felt that Shaw's style of writing intellectual dialog and the emotionless character of Henry Higgins did not lend themselves to a musical. Lerner and Lowe overcame these problems by leaving Shaw's dialogue largely intact, and working under the notion that Higgins must be played by a great actor, not a great singer. Thus, they wrote the role especially for Rex Harrison, and adopted the idea that Higgins should not sing outright, but talk on pitch, less an expression of emotions than ideas. See more »

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During "The Rain in Spain", you can hear Audrey Hepburn's voice mixed with Marni Nixon's voice. It's especially obvious the first time she properly sings, "The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain," after Higgins' line, "I think she's got it, I think she's got it." See more »

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[first lines]
[sounds from crowd, occasionally a word or phrase, indistinct and mostly not associated with a character]
Mrs. Eynsford-Hill: Don't just stand there, Freddy, go and find a cab.
Freddy Eynsford-Hill: All right, I'll get it, I'll get it.
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In the posters, playbills and the original cast album for the stage version of "My Fair Lady", the credits always read "based on Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion' ", letting the audience know what play "My Fair Lady" was actually adapted from. The movie credits simply read "from a play by Bernard Shaw". See more »

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Soundtracks

You Did It
(1956) (uncredited)
Music by Frederick Loewe
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Performed by Rex Harrison, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Audrey Hepburn (dubbed by Marni Nixon), and Ensemble
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Abominate
7 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

Rex Harrisons character is. And it's also one of the musicals, that I can't watch/hear. I'm not a special musical fan to begin with, but this didn't convince me either to like it. And although I do like Rex Harrison, his character behavior makes you wonder, how anyone would/could like this guy?

Especially a fine woman (or should I say a fair Lady), as in this movie? But then again it's only a movie, some would argue. But I'm pretty stunned by the fact, that even women like this movie, because although another user made a few good points, about the Rex Harrison character not being a misogynist, but a misanthrope, the overall tone of the movie remains misogynist as I see it! (and many other too) And that just takes the edge of a movie, that is supposed to be a romantic musical, in my book at least ...


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